Business models, use cases, and metrics for high-performance metro areas
"Hyperconnected cities are not just about technology. They go beyond the concept of smart cities by connecting government, business, academia, and citizens. When all four are aligned, cities achieve the greatest economic, business, and social benefits."
-Franco Amalfi, Director of Innovation, Public Sector North America, Oracle
Businesses and residents are embracing technological innovation faster than many cities can react. With digital change happening in hyper-speed, urban leaders need to act now to bridge the technology gap between their cities and stakeholders.
Building a Hyperconnected City will provide urban and business leaders with the definitive playbook for creating a digitally-enabled and seamlessly interlinked ecosystem.
Our multidisciplinary team of urban experts, micro-economists, and thought leadership specialists will use a mixed-methods approach to steer this research program. This will include gathering primary data from 100 smart cities, organizing in-depth interviews with urban leaders, and conducting economic modeling and benchmarking.
Cities Jump on the Bandwagon to Benchmark their Smart Investments and Performance
The list of cities which participated in our benchmarking program are listed below in alphabetical order. All cities that involved can receive a free, comprehensive database showing how their smart investments, plans, and outcomes compare with other cities around the world.
"Hyperconnected communities are the art of the possible—future cities that offer vast improvements in the quality of life for citizens and huge potential for efficiencies across government and the connected ecosystem."
-William Baver, Vice President, Smart World Team, NTT DATA
The Path to a Hyperconnected Future
As part of our research, ESI ThoughtLab gathered benchmarking data from 100 cities, conducted in-depth interviews with city leaders, and drew on valuable input from a cross industry coalition of leading firms and research organizations. This eBook provides an evidence-based roadmap that cities can use to become vibrant, hyperconnected urban centers of the future. We hope that cities will find it a valuable tool for planning ahead.
"Public leaders understand that digital transformation is the key to success. However, many struggle with how to accomplish it when they are faced with complex infrastructures, multiple platforms, the need for different types of data, and customized technological applications. Across the board, the research tells us that the cities that overcome these challenges are the ones that recognize the greatest benefits."
-Susan Wilkinson, Director, Business Strategy, Smart Cities, Microsoft
The Latest News on Building a Hyperconnected City
Cities can Unlock a Combined $60 Billion by Hyperconnecting their Urban Ecosystems, According to New ESI ThoughtLab Study
November 20, 2019 (Philadelphia, PA) – Today, ESI ThoughtLab announced the key findings from its Building a Hyperconnected City program, a year-long global study of 100 cities using technology to improve, connect, and secure all areas of their ecosystem. The study, supported by a coalition of industry leaders, shows how cities can go beyond current […]Read More
Key findings and benchmarking tool from the Building a Hyperconnected City program to be unveiled ESI ThoughtLab will be on hand from Monday, November 18 – Thursday, November 21 at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain to unveil complete findings from the Building a Hyperconnected City program. The study, which is a deep dive assessment of […]Read More
What is a hyperconnected city? ESI ThoughtLab defines it as one that leverages new digital technologies to transform and interconnect key areas of an urban ecosystem in order to unlock the greatest potential economic and social benefits for its citizens. These benefits come in different forms—from quantifiable advantages such as faster public transportation, lower crime […]Read More
Improved public safety, health, business productivity, and economic growth are just some of the benefits October 1, 2019 (Philadelphia, PA) – Today, ESI ThoughtLab unveiled preliminary findings from its 2019 Smart City Research Initiative, Building a Hyperconnected City. The study of 100 worldwide metro centers found that most cities are seeing major economic, financial, and social benefits from their investments in smart technologies, but also greater cyber–risks, if digital innovation is not managed properly. According to the study, 38% of […]Read More
Last year, Econsult Solutions’ thought leadership team, ESI ThoughtLab produced Smarter Cities 2025, a global benchmarking study which assessed various smart city initiatives to better understand how governments, citizens, and businesses were embracing new digital technologies. Currently, our team is well under way with the 2019 follow-up study, Building a Hyperconnected City. This year’s research […]Read More
For this Present Value post, we asked our research coalition behind Building a Hyperconnected City to offer their perspectives on the future of smart city solutions. Businesses and residents are embracing technological innovation faster than many cities can reach. These professionals and thought leaders span multiple industries and locations across the globe, providing a holistic […]Read More
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"Listening to communities about their needs and then incorporating their ideas info solutions is crucial—often the best thinking comes from residents."
-Nancy MacDonald, Vice President, Urban Places, Stantec
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Sponsors and Research Partners
Building a Hyperconnected City was sponsored by a cross-industry coalition of companies that specialize in urban innovation and development. Each organization is an expert in its own field and would be happy to share its perspectives on the research and best practices for your city.
ESI ThoughtLab was also fortunate to have a group of distinguished research partners that provided valuable inputs and guidance throughout the process. Their blend of perspectives ensured an insightful and balanced view of the issues that urban centers face as they strive to interlink their urban ecosystems.
We would like to thank our sponsors and research partners for helping us develop this groundbreaking study.
For more information on our ground-breaking project, and information on how to join our coalition of leading experts, please contact us today.